About a week ago I noticed that my sound has been stuttering every 15-30seconds. It sounds a bit like a scratched record. This happens during streaming video and audio from the internet and from listening to music on my hard drive. The problem occurs through my onboard soundcard (IDT) and the external one which I use for recording (Line 6 KB37) which leads me to believe it is something more complicated that just updating the drivers (which I have done).
A friend thinks I may have damaged my hard drive while transporting my laptop but I don't recall knocking it on anything. Would a damaged hard drive affect streaming content?
It's a Dell Inspiron 1545, a couple of years old. 4GB ram, Windows 7 Home Premium x64Bit.
Anyone out there have any idea what's going on? I really need this back up and running ASAP - any help is very much appreciated!